Definition of rubber-chicken in English:

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North American informal
Relating to a series of dinner and lunch appearances made by a politician or other public figures: candidates pleading for money on the rubber-chicken circuit
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  • And while it was easy to visualize him making uplifting speeches over rubber-chicken benefit dinners, it also was possible to imagine a retired governor coasting through with his feet on the desk.
  • Bill Clinton talked about Jesus more often than Mr Bush and has spoken in more churches than Mr Bush has had rubber-chicken dinners.
  • We didn't take any trains, but there were definitely planes and automobiles as we motored from a rubber-chicken lunch to a bad-news urban park in Washington, then jetted to a dinner back at the office in Atlanta, all in about three hours.


1950s: so called because of the mediocre food typically served at such functions.

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